When to visit Oman
When to visit Oman
Our Guide on When to Visit Oman
The stifling heat of the desert is the stuff of legend, but throughout the year, the fluctuations in temperature and the relative absence of rainfall allow for various times to visit. Avoiding the excessive heat of the summer (June – August) is best for most. Although anyone visiting Salalah will find it humid and comparatively cool, but also full of domestic tourists hoping to find relief in its Arabian Sea beaches and the desert, transformed by monsoons from its usual arid state into a lush green landscape beset with waterfalls. For the majority of visitors to Oman, it’s best to travel between October and April, when the temperatures are warm (generally between 63°F to 95°F) and exceptionally dry, with small amounts of rain falling in January and February.
By November, you can expect Oman to get busy with travelers taking advantage of the lower temperatures that are still a balmy 87.8 F in the afternoon, with eleven hours of sunshine in the capital, making it just as well suited for beach holidays as it is for rummaging through the souks. Muscat is a delight during the Muscat Festival in January, celebrating Omani culture and art, as is Salalah during the Salalah Tourism Festival from July to August, while the Jebel Akhdar Mountains are particularly pretty just before summer when the roses bloom.
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No matter what season you plan to visit, your trip is likely to be one to remember, but we’ll provide a more in-depth look to help you make the best possible decision for your travels.
March to May
The relative cool of an Arabian winter begins to subside by March, with spring temperatures growing to a still comfortable 88 F (31C) degrees during the day and cooling to 70 F (21 C) in the evenings. Of particular interest when visiting Oman in Spring are the roses that bloom across the Jebel Akhdar Mountains across March and April, coloring the terraced farms and countryside in a delightful palette of lush green and pretty pink. By the end of May, the temperatures begin transitioning to the high heat of an Arabian summer but with notably lower humidity. The late spring is also the start of the summer fruit season and the Apricot harvest, ensuring plenty of fresh fruit to cool off after journeys into Oman’s iconic deserts.
June to August
The summers in Oman are scorching hot, making for less-than-ideal conditions for exploration. Temperatures across the various landscapes of Oman regularly reach above 96.8 F (36 C) degrees. Desert destinations such as the vast Empty Quarter and Wahiba Sands are even more extreme, with high temperatures of 131 degrees F (45c) by noon and days that push to 122 F (50 C), creating outdoor conditions that are intolerable for many travelers. An exception is Salalha whose average temperatures of 81°F are considerably cooler than the rest of Oman. But it’s also beautiful at this time of year, its plantations, coconut-fringed beaches, and desert landscapes rendered lush by the drizzly monsoon rains that make landfall throughout August.
September to November
The summer scorch begins to subside by September, with temperatures lowering as days go on, though not enough to explore the deserts in any considerable comfort. But a highlight is found on the beaches of Ras al Jinz, as it’s the end of the turtle breeding season, and the beaches are alive with turtles and a host of migratory birds. The autumn harvest stocks the markets and souks of Oman with pomegranates, olives, grapes, and walnuts, and the relatively low costs of accommodation (in comparison to winter) make it an attractive time to travel for anyone hoping to save a bit on travel costs. Autumn temperatures in Oman tend to average 88 F (30 C), reaching high to 95 F (35 C) in the afternoons and cooling to a more tolerable 25°C when the sun sets.
December to February
Omani winters provide the best opportunity for travel across the country, with temperatures in Muscat hovering around an agreeable 68 – 77 F (20-25 C) with low humidity, making walking the city’s ornate streets a pleasure to walk. Nights can be chilly enough for a jumper in the mountains, but rainfall is low outside the more northern Musandam Peninsula. The coldest months are December and January, with temperatures generally in the 68 F (20 C) region, ideal for trekking into the desert, whose temperatures fluctuate between hot days and cool nights, perfect for camping under the stars in the Wahiba Sands. Hotels can be expensive as availability drops due to demand, particularly around the New Year but January and February see a slight thinning in numbers due to the short sharp bouts of rainfall.
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